Joint Task Force-Bravo Assists Honduran Families in Remote Areas

first_imgBy Dialogo April 07, 2015 “The chaplain’s office worked together with JTF-Bravo’s intelligence office and civil and Military operations office, along with Joint Security Forces and the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment Unit Ministry Team to scope out and select a village,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Samuel McClellan, JTF-Bravo command chaplain. Participants in the 59th Chapel Hike — a longstanding tradition of delivering supplies to underserviced communities in the mountains — departed on February 28 for an 11-kilometer round-trip hike to the remote communities of La Brea and La Laguna, both in the Department of Comayagua. There, they delivered more than 2,040 kilograms of food to Hondurans in need. Collecting donations, buying the food, and delivering it requires a high degree of planning and coordination. Just before Service Members distributed the food, the community representative of La Laguna, María Pinera, expressed her gratitude to the volunteers of JTF-Bravo. “Humanitarian aid allows the Armed Forces to maintain a social bond with the more vulnerable communities,” said Eugenio Sosa, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). “In the communities, activities of this type are widely accepted. The residents have great admiration for the Honduran Armed Forces and JTF-Bravo due to the efforts of both institutions to help them.” Currently, JTF-Bravo’s Medical Element has two full-service visits scheduled for 2015. First, the Medical Element plans to support a Honduran-led Medical Partnership Exercise in Comayagua Central Parque on June 6. In addition, there will be a two-day Medical Readiness Training Exercise outside Comayagua, scheduled for June 24-25. “Humanitarian aid allows the Armed Forces to maintain a social bond with the more vulnerable communities,” said Eugenio Sosa, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). “In the communities, activities of this type are widely accepted. The residents have great admiration for the Honduran Armed Forces and JTF-Bravo due to the efforts of both institutions to help them.” The task force’s primary mission is to encourage unity and conduct and support joint operations, actions, and activities in the joint operations area in order to provide security, stability, and regional cooperation. After delivering the provisions, the members of JTF-Bravo spent time interacting with the residents and playing with the children, who broke open three piñatas the volunteers donated. Also donated were 24 soccer balls by the Kick for Nick Foundation, a non-profit named after the late Private Nick Madaras that fulfills his dream of U.S. Troops giving soccer balls to children overseas. After delivering the provisions, the members of JTF-Bravo spent time interacting with the residents and playing with the children, who broke open three piñatas the volunteers donated. Also donated were 24 soccer balls by the Kick for Nick Foundation, a non-profit named after the late Private Nick Madaras that fulfills his dream of U.S. Troops giving soccer balls to children overseas. But the hard work pays off when Service Members demonstrate their commitment to helping the civilian population. Just before Service Members distributed the food, the community representative of La Laguna, María Pinera, expressed her gratitude to the volunteers of JTF-Bravo. “In addition, we worked with the governor of Comayagua [Ana Valenzuela] since she wanted to support La Brea and donate 65 bags of food she acquired from the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) [the Honduran equivalent of FEMA in the U.S.]” In addition to providing food, JTF-Bravo Service Members also provide medical care to the people of Comayagua on an annual basis. “Every year we carry out strategic planning with the members of JTF-Bravo, not only for this hike, which is also known as the ‘Hike of Love,’ but also to plan for health issues,” Governor Valenzuela said. “Our friends, our neighbors are visiting us today, but they are not coming empty handed. They are here with nutrition for the people,” Pinera said. Since the tradition began in 2004, about 9,800 service members have donated more than $173,800 and delivered more than 214,000 pounds of food to villages. It’s not an easy journey; the homes are difficult to reach by vehicle, and for more than 5.6 kilometers, each member of the Joint Task Force climbed more than 457 meters of mountainous terrain with nine kilograms of food in their packs. JTF-Bravo is one of three joint task forces operating under the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). JTF-Bravo manages a runway that can handle C-5 aircraft, the largest airplane flown by the U.S. Air Force, according to the JTF-Bravo website. More than 170 members of Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), which operates out of the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, recently delivered humanitarian aid to 230 families in need. More than 170 members of Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), which operates out of the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, recently delivered humanitarian aid to 230 families in need. Many of the children also filled their hands, pockets, and shirts with sweets that JTF-Bravo Service Members gave them as gifts. JTF-Bravo recently supported the “Better Life through Health” fair by supporting the Ministry of Health’s efforts in handling all of the medical and logistical aspects, in the central square of Comayagua. Participants in the 59th Chapel Hike — a longstanding tradition of delivering supplies to underserviced communities in the mountains — departed on February 28 for an 11-kilometer round-trip hike to the remote communities of La Brea and La Laguna, both in the Department of Comayagua. There, they delivered more than 2,040 kilograms of food to Hondurans in need. Since the tradition began in 2004, about 9,800 service members have donated more than $173,800 and delivered more than 214,000 pounds of food to villages. It’s not an easy journey; the homes are difficult to reach by vehicle, and for more than 5.6 kilometers, each member of the Joint Task Force climbed more than 457 meters of mountainous terrain with nine kilograms of food in their packs. JTF-Bravo also provides medical care Hike requires extensive coordination Many of the children also filled their hands, pockets, and shirts with sweets that JTF-Bravo Service Members gave them as gifts. JTF-Bravo is one of three joint task forces operating under the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). JTF-Bravo manages a runway that can handle C-5 aircraft, the largest airplane flown by the U.S. Air Force, according to the JTF-Bravo website. “The chaplain’s office worked together with JTF-Bravo’s intelligence office and civil and Military operations office, along with Joint Security Forces and the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment Unit Ministry Team to scope out and select a village,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Samuel McClellan, JTF-Bravo command chaplain. But the hard work pays off when Service Members demonstrate their commitment to helping the civilian population. JTF-Bravo also provides medical care “Our friends, our neighbors are visiting us today, but they are not coming empty handed. They are here with nutrition for the people,” Pinera said. Collecting donations, buying the food, and delivering it requires a high degree of planning and coordination. The task force’s primary mission is to encourage unity and conduct and support joint operations, actions, and activities in the joint operations area in order to provide security, stability, and regional cooperation. Hike requires extensive coordination Currently, JTF-Bravo’s Medical Element has two full-service visits scheduled for 2015. First, the Medical Element plans to support a Honduran-led Medical Partnership Exercise in Comayagua Central Parque on June 6. In addition, there will be a two-day Medical Readiness Training Exercise outside Comayagua, scheduled for June 24-25. “In addition, we worked with the governor of Comayagua [Ana Valenzuela] since she wanted to support La Brea and donate 65 bags of food she acquired from the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) [the Honduran equivalent of FEMA in the U.S.]” In addition to providing food, JTF-Bravo Service Members also provide medical care to the people of Comayagua on an annual basis. JTF-Bravo recently supported the “Better Life through Health” fair by supporting the Ministry of Health’s efforts in handling all of the medical and logistical aspects, in the central square of Comayagua. “Every year we carry out strategic planning with the members of JTF-Bravo, not only for this hike, which is also known as the ‘Hike of Love,’ but also to plan for health issues,” Governor Valenzuela said. “The relationship between Honduras and Joint Task Force-Bravo is a good strategic alliance,” Valenzuela said. “Last year they met with all 18 Honduran governors from across the country so that they could learn more about the work and the strength of JTF-Bravo.” “The relationship between Honduras and Joint Task Force-Bravo is a good strategic alliance,” Valenzuela said. “Last year they met with all 18 Honduran governors from across the country so that they could learn more about the work and the strength of JTF-Bravo.”last_img read more


Is your brand a carnival house of mirrors?

first_imgIf you’ve been to a state or county fair you’ve probably seen the “house of mirrors” attraction. The one that features row after row of mirrors all stacked at angles designed to give a different view or perspective no matter which way you look. They are confusing and disconcerting (on purpose). Apply this idea to your brand. A few weeks ago while working with a client during a brand workshop, an employee noted “we’ve got so many different brands our members are bound to like at least one of them.” While she said this in jest (and knowing a better and more unified brand was on the way for her credit union as a result of the workshop) the point hit home.House of Mirrors? Flavor of the month? So many brand personalities they’re bound to like one of them? This is not the way to run an effective brand. At best it will confuse consumers and at worst it will turn them way. Neither are good options for your bottom line. While building a relevant and lasting brand, many factors come into play but one of the easiest to remember goes back to the Three Cs. When analyzing the state of your brand, ask yourself if it hits on these three key points:Clarity. Your brand must be clear about what it is and what it is not. This helps distinguish you from the competition. Disney is all about family fun and a wow experience. Harley-Davidson empowers a lifestyle of freedom and self-expression. What does your brand say about you?  Consistency. Your brand must always be what it claims to be. Does your brand promise speedy loan decisions? Then you’d better deliver speedy loan decisions. Friendly staff? They’d better provide that. World peace and a fresh minty taste? Then you brand must deliver on those claims.  Constancy. Your brand must always be visible. This isn’t to say you must buy and own every media outlet in your markets (that’s impractical and unwise). But your brand does have to be visible in front of both staff and your consumers in the way they live it. While a great deal goes into building a successful brand, the Three Cs are a good starting point of reference. They can help ensure your brand covers the basics and doesn’t drift into “hall of mirrors” territory. No one likes a creepy carnival, anyway.     11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more


Amazon restricts shipments to warehouses amid coronavirus

first_imgAs Amazon elevates the importance of delivering highly sought products amid the coronavirus pandemic, the eTailer said independent merchants would not be able to send merchandise to its warehouses except for household staples, medical products, and other items in high demand until early April, The Wall Street Journal reported. A spokesperson for the eCommerce retailer said per the report, “We are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so we can more quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers.”Individuals globally are tapping into digital platforms as governments put forward new limitations on moving around and set social-distancing procedures to stem proliferation of the coronavirus. Amazon, for its part, announced on Monday intentions to bring on 100,000 more employees domestically to satisfy “the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time” per the WSJreport.The eCommerce retailer’s decision to restrict shipments of items to its warehouses comes as sellers are encountering a difficult time. Sellers had grappled with restocking on the platform when manufacturing facilities in China closed due to the virus. But, as the number of cases has declined, some of the facilities have opened again. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


COVID-19: Villagers forego traditional ‘lockdown’ for PSBB in S. Sumatra

first_imgMeaning “medicinal offerings”, he said that the sedekah obat ceremony was held for four days.”The first night involves tolak bala,” a ritual for “casting out threats”, explained Adi. “All the villagers gather in an open field. Then, a group of youths place memali [agarwood] logs around them. They are forbidden to leave the circle until the ritual is over.”Read also: National COVID-19 task force chief urges public to obey PSBB to pave way for ‘new normal’A customary leader and the youths then sprinkle each villager with water that has been mixed with papaya leaves. For the residents of Jermun village in Ogan Komering Ilir regency, Palembang, South Sumatra, the physical restrictions imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak are nothing new.Long before the coronavirus emerged, these villagers have relied on a ritualistic form of lockdown called bekunci to protect them against infectious diseases.”Bekunci is part of a traditional ceremony called sedekah obat to prevent the spread of a plague,” Ogan Komering Ilir spokesperson Adi Yanto said on Wednesday. On the second day, the villagers are all barred from working their farms or paddies. They are also forbidden from wielding any sharp implements.On the third day, the villagers may not engage in any strenuous physical activities.”They believe that if they break any of the rules, great misfortune will befall them,” Adi said.On the first three days, the sons or the heads of every family must burn coconut husks to ward off danger.They must also place lengths of yellow bamboo on their roofs to symbolize courage and prosperity. The number of bamboo poles represents the number of sedekah obat that the family has participated in.“No villager dares to go out at night during the three days,” Adi said.On the fourth and final day, the villagers are released from the log circle and hold a celebration. They make traditional cakes like kolak dawet, gulo puan, lemang and sagon and feast on them in a field.Read also: COVID-19: Govt to tighten security at ‘mudik’ ban checkpoints as Idul Fitri approachesAdi said, however, that the villagers of Jermun did not perform the four-day ceremony for the COVID-19 outbreak.”They followed the PSBB [large-scale social restrictions] and the physical distancing policy as advised by the government,” he said.Jermun village head Abus Roni said that none of the villagers had contracted COVID-19 to date.”To prevent COVID-19 transmission, we set up health posts to check every visitor entering the village. The residents take turns manning the posts, and our midwives [examine] the visitors,” he said. South Sumatra has the third largest number of COVID-19 cases outside Java and Jakarta, and the seventh largest nationwide as of May 21, with 674 confirmed cases and 21 deaths. (nal)Topics :last_img read more


What Chelsea star Eden Hazard told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Europa League final

first_img Sarri reacts to Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in Europa League finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:25FullscreenSarri reacts to Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in Europa League finalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/sarri-reacts-chelseas-4-1-win-arsenal-europa-league-final-1935288/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: How Man Utd transfer targets Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes can help spearhead Portugal’s new Golden Generation Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Jun 2019 9:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Comment What Chelsea star Eden Hazard told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Europa League final Hazard appeared to wave goodbye to Chelsea fans after the win in Baku (Picture: Getty)David Luiz has backed Callum Hudson-Odoi to fill the void left by Hazard should the latter join Madrid this summer.Asked who can replace Hazard, Luis replied: ‘That’s either Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo!‘If he goes I just wish him all the best. He is a fantastic player, friend and guy.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I think we have many, many talents within the club who can replace him.‘Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is great. Callum has known this club since he was young and he has the talents to one day try to be like Eden.‘It didn’t start so well because of the injury but it is time for him to improve in other sides [of his game].’ Hazard scored a second-half brace against Arsenal in the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)Hazard is reluctant to force his way out of Chelsea – as Thibaut Courtois did last summer – but he admits he’s hungry for a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.‘I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know,’ he added following the Europa League final.‘You know, my dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs in the world so maybe now it is the time for a new challenge.’ Eden Hazard spoke with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Chelsea’s win over Arsenal (Picture: RMC Sport)Footage from before the Europa League final appears to show Eden Hazard confirming his imminent departure from Chelsea to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Hazard was instrumental in Baku, scoring a second-half brace as Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 to win the trophy, but the match may have been his last for the club, with Real Madrid expected to sign the 28-year-old forward this summer.Asked about his future after Chelsea’s victory, Hazard said: ‘I have made my decision already and now I’m waiting on both clubs, like you wait and the fans wait. You will know in a couple of days.’AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, one week on from the final, there has be no official announcement over Hazard’s future. Chelsea are still holding out for a fee of €130m (£115m) for the Belgian, while Madrid are hopeful of landing him for around €100m (£89m).ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe major advantage Madrid have had during transfer discussions has been Hazard’s current contract. The La Liga giants know that Chelsea want to cash in on their prized possession before he can leave for free at the end of next season.A brief conversation Hazard had with ex-Lille team-mate Aubameyang in the tunnel before last Wednesday’s final appeared to suggest that the attacker was on his way out of Chelsea.According to French outlet RMC Sport, Hazard told Arsenal striker Aubameyang: ‘I gave my life, my legs, my buttocks, everything!’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more



Two St. Louis teachers recognized by Genesis Pathways to Success

first_imgBatesville, In. — Genesis: Pathways to Success (GPS) is pleased to announce two STEMstars for the month of May, Mrs. Krista Konradi and Mrs. Amanda Farmer, who are Kindergarten teachers at St. Louis Catholic School in Batesville.“We at Genesis are inspired by teachers like Mrs. Konradi and Mrs. Farmer,” said Cheryll Obendorf, GPS Director.  “Young children have a natural curiosity about the world around them – experimenting, building, absorbing it all.  Enthusiastic teachers help them to spark the desire to learn more.  They are at the beginning of their educational journey, and we celebrate the teachers who inspire them to succeed.”These two educators use a “tag-team approach” to inspire their young students to explore STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) in a fantastic and hands-on way.  This year, for example, their kindergarten students have experienced STEM through making leprechaun traps, parachutes for Santa to land on rooftops, and building bridges with cups, craft sticks, and yarn. They have been introduced to coding with Bee-Bots, Code and Go Mouse, Osmo, Cubetto, Ozobots, and Magformers. One of the children’s favorite science experiments includes the incubation and hatching of baby chickens – they even get to care for the chicks for a short time after!“Mrs. Konradi and Mrs. Farmer believe it is never to early to introduce children to the world of STEM,” commented Jane Lieland, who nominated the team.  “Kindergarten has evolved a lot in the past few years, but Mrs. Konradi and Mrs. Farmer have embraced the changes and are engaging the children at St. Louis Catholic School.”Mrs. Konradi graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Elementary Education, concentration in Reading and a minor in History. She has been teaching for seven years, two of those at St. Louis.last_img read more


Nodak show sees Thornton, Zevenbergen win again

first_imgElijah Zevenbergen ran his streak to three straight IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour checkers. Chanse Hollatz and Dalton Flory took turns at the point before Zevenbergen gained the lead 10 laps in. Ricky Thornton Jr. started on the pole and stayed in front every time around the Nodak Speed­way oval, earning $2,400 for his latest IMCA Modified tour checkers. He was catching up with the back of the field just after midway when the caution came out and took traffic temporarily out of the equation. MINOT, N.D. (July 12) – The battle was for second place on night three of the Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Austin Arneson; 3. Jason Wolla; 4. Eddie Belec; 5. Spencer Wil­son; 6. Robert Hellebust; 7. John Corell; 8. Billy Kendall III; 9. Jacob Bleess; 10. Casey Arneson; 11. Travis Hagen; 12. Marcus Tomlinson; 13. Travis Olheiser; 14. Kelsie Foley; 15. Ryan Gaylord; 16. Tripp Gaylord; 17. David Brown; 18. Zach Dockter; 19. Travis Tooley; 20. Grey Fer­rando; 21. Matt Aukland; 22. John Hansen; 23. Jerad Thelen; 24. Shawn Strand; 25. Tanner Black; 26. Alex Stanford; 27. Jeff Taylor; 28. Ricky Alvarado; 29. Hank Berry. The top five pulled away after the ensuing restart and while Thornton was lapping cars the final five circuits, Austin Arneson, Jason Wolla, Eddie Belec and Spencer Wilson could not catch the leader and followed him across the stripe on that order. Feature Results Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Dalton Flory; 3. Chanse Hollatz; 4. Matt Speckman; 5. Joe Flory; 6. Angel Munoz; 7. Adam Goff; 8. Mike Swallers; 9. Dave Swallers; 10. Jace Iverson; 11.  Cody St. Croix; 12. Chris Ellis; 13. Brennan Borg; 14. Kevin Roberts; 15. Austin Daae; 16. Beau Deschamp; 17. Keith Mattox; 18. Travis Ulmer; 19. Mike Hagen; 20. Eric Mahlik; 21. Mi­chael Logelin; 22. Jordan Zillmer; 23. Jake Brown; 24. Tripp Gaylord.last_img read more


William M. “Bill” Ison

first_imgWilliam M. “Bill” Ison, 95, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away Thursday August 13, 2020 in Moores Hill, Indiana.He was born August 9, 1925 in Oscaloosa, KY, son of the late Dewey Ison and Minnie (Brown) Ison.Bill served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was very patriotic and served several years with the Honor Guard.He worked as an Assembly Supervisor for Aurora Casket Company, retiring after over 10 years of service.Bill was a member of the Moores Hill American Legion and the Aurora Eagles. Bill always participated in the American Legions Still Board Target Shoot, he especially loved working with the youth. He was well loved by all the neighborhood kids, and he loved spending time with them. Bill was always busy, he enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and playing cards with friends. He was a well loved man and always had a big smile. He will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.William is survived by his children, Mark Ison of Moores Hill, IN and Janice Allen of Milan, IN; sister Betina Ison of Dillsboro, IN;  many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Deloris M. Ison; siblings, Doyle Ison, Linville Ison, Wayne Ison, Deemer Ison and Atha Ison; a son, Danny Wilson.Friends will be received Monday, August 17, 2020, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Moores Hill/Sparta Township Fire & EMS, 16907 Manchester Street, Moores Hill, Indiana.Private family services will be held.Interment will be in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Moores Hill – Sparta TWP Fire and EMS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.last_img read more


Bolt, Thompson nominated for Laureus Award

first_imgUSAIN Bolt, the long-reigning king of track and field, and the sport’s new sprint queen Elaine Thompson have been nominated for the 2017 Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman-of-the-Year Awards respectively.Bolt, 30, created history at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil in August 2016, when he became the first sprinter in history to win gold in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games. He said he is honoured by the nomination.“It is always humbling to be nominated for the Laureus Award,” Bolt told SportsMax.tv.“I’ve been lucky enough to win the Sportsman-of-the-Year Award three times and I’m very pleased to be in with a chance to win another, so thanks to the media who voted for this nomination.”Also nominated are Real Madrid star forward and winner of the 2016 Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, who also won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA Male Player-of-the-Year awards; basketball superstars 2015/2016 NBA champion LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and runner-up Stephen Curry; long-distance king Mo Farah and UK tennis star Sir Andy Murray.On the women’s side, Elaine Thompson, the IAAF Female Athlete-of-the-Year nominee and the favourite to win Jamaica’s RJR Foundation Sportswoman-of-the-Year Award, won the 100 metres and 200 metres at the Olympic Games in Rio. She also won a silver medal in the women’s 4x100m relay.The IAAF World Indoor 60-metre bronze medallist and first-time Laureus nominee is in the running for the women’s award against American sprint star Allyson Felix, the Olympic 400m silver medallist, four-time Olympic gymnastics gold medallist Simone Biles, U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky, who also won four gold medals in Rio; UK cyclist and Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny, and Germany star and world number-one Angelique Kerber.If Bolt wins the award he will join Roger Federer as a four-time winner of the award.The eventual winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 14. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more